How do I view my own (or someone else's) previous posts, questions, and comments?
They are all viewable from your profile. Go to the My Profile link at the top of the page, or click your username anywhere it appears on the site. Your contributions are broken down by subsite, and by post/question and comment.
Recent Activity, linked in the header bar, is a convenient way to keep up with conversations you have been part of, without needing to go check each one separately. This feature allows you to keep track of new comments in threads you have either commented in or posted. Recent Activity shows the last ten comments for threads in which you have participated within the past month, in the order of their latest activity. If your comment is one of the last ten, it will be highlighted so you can tell it apart from other comments.
If you are tired of seeing updates from a given thread, you can remove it from Recent Activity by clicking "remove from activity" next to that thread on your Recent Activity page. (tags: recentactivitycustomviews ) April 21, 2006 - permalink - back to questions
What do the counts on the Popular Posts or Popular Questions page mean?
The Popular Posts tab on MetaFilter and the Popular Questions tab on Ask MetaFilter show posts and questions that have received the most favorites from members within a specific time period: the last 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, or all time.
While browsing these pages you can see both the total number of favorites and the number of favorites added within the current set time period. Favorite counts are shown as a text link that says something like [24 favorites (12 in the last 24 hours)]. That means the post has received 12 favorites in the specified time period and 24 favorites total. If a post only has [x favorites] listed, that means all favorites were added within the specified time period. Click the link to see the list of all members who added the post as a favorite and when they added it. (tags: favoritescustomviewsstats ) December 13, 2008 - permalink - back to questions
Can I see which threads are currently most active?
Yes. The Recent Comments tab in Metafilter and MetaTalk will show you which threads have recent comments in them. This will often include the most recently posted threads, but will also catch older threads that are still chugging along. (tags: recentcustomviews ) December 10, 2012 - permalink - back to questions
Can I choose to see only posts or questions with certain tags or in certain categories?
My Mefi (a tab on the Metafilter front page), and My Ask (a tab on the AskMetafilter page), are customizable views of the sites. For both, you can choose tags or categories you are interested in, and then the My Mefi or My Ask tab will show you only the posts or questions related to the subjects you chose.
To get started, go to either tab, and it will have a link to your Preferences page where you can set up which tags and categories you're interested in. For example, you could set up a Mefi page that only shows you posts about art and food, or a version of AskMe that includes everything but relationship questions. You can always change your preferences later, too. (tags: mymefimyaskcustomviews ) December 10, 2012 - permalink - back to questions
What is My Favorites?
The My Favorites tab shows recent comment activity in threads you have favorited. If you favorite selectively, this is a way to monitor threads you are interested in, without commenting and adding them to your Recent Activity. (tags: favoritescustomviews ) December 10, 2012 - permalink - back to questions
Can I make a selective list of threads that I want to follow? Can I follow threads without commenting in them?
Some people want to follow threads in a way similar to Recent Activity, but without commenting in them. Right now, you can do this by favoriting only threads you want to follow, and then using the My Favorites tab (see here) to track activity from those threads. (tags: customviewsfavoritesrecentactivity ) December 10, 2012 - permalink - back to questions
Can I follow all the threads I have commented in, by looking in one place?